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3.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 53.75 out of 5 3.75 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edgar Allan Poe Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Listen & Live Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781593166052
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A Descent into the Maelström is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe that first appeared in the May 1841 edition of Graham’s magazine. This tale within a tale is told at the summit of a mountain climb. An old man, claiming he only appears to be old, recounts how he survived a shipwreck and a whirlpool during a fishing trip with his brothers a few years before. “It took less than a single day to change these hairs from a jetty black to white, to weaken my limbs, and to unstring my nerves.”

This story has been grouped with Poe’s tales of ratiocination and labeled an early form of science fiction.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/14/2011

    " I love Poe's use of language to convey the feeling of the Maelström. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For | 3/24/2010

    " Another Poe horror tale, this one about someone caught in a giant whirlpool. Just didn't grab me the way his better works have. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shelley | 10/29/2009

    " I don't know how I have not read this one before now. I really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady | 9/29/2009

    " My goodness! What a great read this is! I've read it a dozen times since the first time, and am still captivated! "

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About the Author
Author Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1848) transformed the American literary landscape with his innovations in the short story genre and his haunting lyrical poetry, and he is credited with inventing American gothic horror and detective fiction. He was first published in 1827 and then began a career as a magazine writer and editor and a sharp literary critic. In 1845 the publication of his most famous poem, “The Raven,” brought him national fame.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many starred audio reviews from Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews.